Korn Ferry Tour Championship organizers prepare to make dreams come true
NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) - Organizers for the United Leasing & Finance presented by the Korn Ferry Tour Championship held a press conference on Monday to announce “new and exciting changes” coming to this year’s golf tournament.
In a month and a half, golfers from around the world will be playing for their dream to secure a PGA TOUR card at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh.
“To be at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, this is it, this is all you got, this is your last chance,” managing director of player relations for the U.S. Golf Association Jason Gore said. “You see a lot of hard work going in, and this is your last chance to prove what you got.”
25 golfers will be awarded PGA TOUR cards based on their performance during the regular season, the remaining 25 cards are dispersed throughout the three-tournament Korn Ferry Tour.
Jason Gore was the runner-up in the 2017 United Leasing & Finance Championship. He participated in a Q&A with the community to speak of his experiences as a professional golfer. He said the professionals coming out of college in particular are bringing a new edge to competition.
“These kids coming out of college now are so talented. So much smarter than we were, they just have all the information,” Gore said. “This tournament is probably as close to a reality tv show with it still being true. To watch the pressure on these guys that are playing, to see the raw emotion and how much it means. I just think this is the best one that we have.”
The other featured speakers for Monday’s event included United Companies CEO Ron Romain, Golf Gives Back Chairman Jack Pate and Tournament Executive Director Patrick Nichol.
“Great players coming out here just as Jason was talking about, these young players are amazing,” Romain said. “Hope everyone will come out and see them, it’s a great weekend.”
Over the last 10 years, the Korn Ferry Tour Championship has generated more than $2 million in donations to Tri-State charities.
The 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Championship will run from Aug. 29 through Sept. 4, beginning with two full Pro-Am tournaments.
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